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Pandora unveils a brand new, slightly psychedelic brand identity

Pandora, the internet radio app, has gone through a few changes this past year. First, there was a full redesign of the Android app that brought it into the modern age, then there was the Pandora Plus monthly subscription with unlimited skips and repeats and offline listening.

Now the service is ready for another leap. The old dark blue serif P icon is gone, to be replaced by a new vibrant and filled blue P with a more modern typeface. There's a new full "pandora" logo to boot, and a lot of talk about "dynamic range of sound and color, visualizing the energy and emotion that artists pour into the creation of music."

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Google starts labeling fact-check articles in news articles

The web is a great vessel to spread information to everyone, but not all of that information is created equal. Between hoaxes, mis-informed articles, sensationalist headlines, mislead opinions presented as facts, there's a whole lot of wrong or incomplete data being given to people and not enough accurate and well-researched information.

Fact-Check websites and the International Fact-Checking Network aim to solve that problem by rigorously gathering all data and producing articles that are both thorough and accurate (or as accurate as possible given the details at hand at the time). And now these sites will have a visible label in news articles to make them stand out.

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Samsung estimates it'll lose around $3.1 billion in the next two quarters because of the Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note7 has been an absolute disaster for Samsung; although it was an excellent smartphone, its tendency to catch fire pretty much negates all of the praise that was heaped onto it. Case in point: Samsung's now estimating that the Note7's recalls and subsequent cancellation will cost them about $3.1 billion over the next two fiscal quarters.

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AT&T updates the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, adds NumberSync support

The first-generation Galaxy Tab S hails from a time when Samsung was still using swipe-based fingerprint scanners - yeah, it's that old. Just look at that stock wallpaper; Galaxy S5 flashbacks, anyone? Around three weeks ago, Verizon updated its 10.5" Tab S to Marshmallow, and now AT&T is doing the same. The Death Star is also throwing in support for NumberSync.

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[Deal Alert] Original Samsung Gear VR only $50 ($49 off) on Amazon

Samsung's attempt at virtual reality manifested in the original Gear VR, which was essentially a suped-up version of Google Cardboard. If you have a compatible device, and want to give the Gear VR a chance, the original model is now half-off on Amazon.

To clarify, this is the microUSB model that is compatible with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, S6 edge+, S6 edge, and S6. This is not the 2016 model designed for the explosive Galaxy Note7 (but thanks to a modular connector, also works with older devices).

The original Gear VR has a 96-degree field of view, as opposed to the newer model's 101 degrees.

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[Update x2: Amazon too] [Deal Alert] Jaybird X2 wireless earbuds are $79.99 ($100 off) at Target and Best Buy

Jaybird is known for making some of the best earbuds on the market, and the X2 is no exception. These earbuds have gone on sale more and more recently, with them dropping to $79.99 in July on Amazon Prime, and down to $69.99 at Best Buy a month later. Once again, the Jaybird X2 is only $79.99, this time at Target.

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SwiftKey Beta updated with text expansion shortcuts, incognito mode, and all arrows on tablet layout

A big update is rolling out to the SwiftKey Beta channel today. How big? I'm worried Artem might actually explode from the overwhelming joy. SwitfKey Beta now supports incognito mode, so it won't remember you typing private things. There's also support for text expansion, which can save you a whole lot of keystrokes. And that's not all!

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Google Photos v2.2 comes with more auto-generated highlight cards, prepares to create time-lapses and upgrade the video player [APK Teardown + Download]

An update to Google Photos began rolling out yesterday, and alongside it came a promising blog post about new assistant cards highlighting memories and suggesting rotations for sideways photos. Regular users may recognize that some of these aren't totally new, at least not with this version. However, there are some under-the-hood changes that speak to some interesting things for the future. A teardown shows that the video play may be getting an overhaul and Photos might soon auto-generate time-lapse videos for us.

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Verizon's 'unlimited' PopData scheme is all kinds of bullshit

Sprint has unlimited data. T-Mobile has unlimited data. AT&T has unlimited data. True, all of these offerings have limits on unlimited, like T-Mo's extra charges for HD video and tethering and how AT&T will only give you unlimited data if you also pay for a bloated DirecTV contract. But Verizon's staunch refusal to allow customers access to the unlimited data spigot, not to mention pushing grandfathered unlimited data customers away, has been a big point in favor of its competitors. Verizon feels so insecure about its lack of unlimited plans that its advertising tries to tell customers why unlimited data sucks.

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Google's smartwatches may arrive in Q1 2017, will run Android Wear 2.0

Android Wear hasn't received much love in the past few months. The first major update, Android Wear 2.0, was announced back in May. Two months later, we revealed the first leaks of Google's own smartwatches, set to debut with the new update. Although developer previews for 2.0 are still arriving, the update itself has been pushed back to 2017, and multiple companies won't release any new AW devices this year.

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